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It’s probably safe to say that the newest Broadway musical Beggar’s Holiday is the show to see in 2014. The latest iteration will open on Broadway in the fall of ye olde and the ilk of the original run in the early 2000s. With a cast stuffed with A-listers like David Bowie and Angela Lansbury, the production will have its share of highs and lows, but fans are sure to be thrilled.
One of the most intriguing aspects of the show is that it features a new book by Duke Ellington’s longtime collaborator Dale Wasserman. The show also has a new orchestration by Donald York, a former San Francisco Ballet dancer in the know. In addition, it will also feature an all-black cast. While this may sound like a bad idea, the show has a history of racial and sexual diversity, and the casting has a knack for bringing out the best in its actors. This is especially true in the ensembles.
Obviously, the newest incarnation of the show won’t be the only musical to grace the stage. There’s also the upcoming revival of the venerable 1932 musical, titled The Mystery of Marie Hoff-Clark, to contend with. Other notables include the Broadway revival of the classic swan song, Carousel, and the long-running regional production of the aforementioned The Mystery of Marie Hoff-Clark. However, the most recent incarnation of the show is the show to see, so get your tickets while they last.
Unlike most theaters, the show is not confined to the Broadway stage, and will play around the Bay Area and elsewhere. For the lucky few, you can catch a tidbit of the show at the Marin Playhouse in Mill Valley. Until then, it’s time to enjoy the sexiest heist of all time. To round out the experience, make sure to hit the after-hours cocktail scene after the show. What better way to unwind after a thumping night at the theatre? The most important aspect of the show is that the cast is as good as its fans.